Forty per cent of Suffolk licensees failing alcohol sale test purchases

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Forty per cent of licensed premises in Suffolk, visited as part of a crack down on the sale of alcohol to under 18s, have failed test purchases, new figures have revealed.

The figures are part of an ongoing campaign by Suffolk County Council Trading Standards, Suffolk Police and Licensing Authorities to tackle alcohol sales to underage young people.

The campaign involves 14 to 17 year old volunteers carrying out test purchases from businesses that sell age-restricted products and where intelligence has been received suggesting that the business may not be complying with the law.

Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for public protection, said: “These figures are concerning but also demonstrate that the campaign using the intelligence we receive is targeting the right premises.

“Through on-the-spot fines, licence reviews and prosecution, any premises which continues to sell alcohol to under 18s, despite the advice given, will face appropriate but robust enforcement action.”